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Lawmakers consider missile site as tourist attraction

Lawmakers consider missile site as tourist attraction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A legislative committee plans to sponsor a bill that could turn a Missile Alert Facility near Cheyenne into a historic site and tourist attraction.

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Big decision looms on Powder River Complex

Big decision looms on Powder River Complex

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Expanding an air force base by about 28,000 square miles is no easy task, especially when it involves four states, pleasing numerous affected parties, and navigating an approval process that takes years.

September 05, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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For Wyoming, defending option offense requires discipline, awareness

For Wyoming, defending option offense requires discipline, awareness

The triple option is a numbers game.

September 04, 2014 4:51 pmLoading…
Woman hopes to return WWII letters to family

Woman hopes to return WWII letters to family

In March, Tara Lee Holwegner-Bertucci, a Billings native who now lives in Reno, Nev., received devastating news. 

August 22, 2014 6:13 pm Photos

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Man arrested for trying to pass Air Force convoy

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A truck driver accused of trying to pass a convoy of Air Force trucks near Cheyenne could face criminal charges.

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Thunderbirds return for Cheyenne Frontier Days

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are back for Cheyenne Frontier Days after missing last year's event because of budget cuts.

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Nuke missile duty: 'It weighs on your mind'

Nuke missile duty: 'It weighs on your mind'

BERTHOLD, N.D. — 1st Lt. Andy Parthum spends his workday 60 feet below ground awaiting the order he hopes never arrives: to launch the most powerful weapon ever devised by man. He is a nuclear “missileer” — an airman who does his duty not in the air but in a hole in the ground.

July 09, 2014 6:38 am Photos

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Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

Over the past year, The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation's nuclear missile corps. In response, the Air Force is now undertaking a series of management changes.

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A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

The Air Force's nuclear missiles have stood ready for war on short notice for more than 50 years. Americans tend to assume the missiles are safe, if they even remember they exist. But safety cannot be taken for granted.

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Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The nuclear missiles hidden in plain view across the prairies of northwest North Dakota reveal one reason why trouble keeps finding the nuclear Air Force. The "Big Sticks," as some call the 60-foot-tall Minuteman 3 missiles, are just plain old.

July 08, 2014 6:39 am Photos

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Missile corps commander says Air Force should empower young nuke leaders

Missile corps commander says Air Force should empower young nuke leaders

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The key to improving morale in the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps is to put more responsibility in the hands of junior officers and enlisted airmen, the commander of the missile corps said Wednesday.

June 26, 2014 3:12 pm Photos

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Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

WASHINGTON — The Air Force intends to offer bonus money and other incentives to members of its nuclear missile corps as part of a broader plan to fix what ails the force.

June 11, 2014 9:39 am Photos

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Ellsworth training expansion plan could affect small airports

Ellsworth training expansion plan could affect small airports

The oil boom brought Bakken commuting private jets to tiny Baker, but officials say Air Force plans for a South Carolina-sized training area over much of Eastern Montana could quiet the town’s small airport.

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Air Force general visits Malmstrom

GREAT FALLS — Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein says a number of changes have already been implemented at Malmstrom Air Force Base in the wake of drug and cheating investigations.

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Russians inspect demolished missile facilities at Malmstrom

HELENA — Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

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Investigator gave nuke force positive 2013 review

Investigator gave nuke force positive 2013 review

WASHINGTON — A retired general chosen to explore flaws in U.S. nuclear forces signed off one year ago on a study describing the nuclear Air Force as "thoroughly professional, disciplined" and performing effectively — an assessment service leaders interpreted as an encouraging thumbs-up.

April 04, 2014 2:01 pmLoading…

A look at nuclear force lapses revealed so far

The Associated Press has uncovered a series of security lapses and other troubles in the nation's nuclear forces. On Thursday, the Air Force announced it fired nine nuclear commanders, allowed a colonel at the base to resign and would discipline dozens of junior officers as well as a series …

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Air Force sergeant gets prison in child-sex case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — An Air Force sergeant faces 25 years in military prison after pleading guilty to charges he sexually molested girls in Germany and the United States.

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South Dakota county votes to support expanded training range

South Dakota county votes to support expanded training range

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The plan to nearly triple the training airspace for the Air Force Base's Powder River Training Complex has received the support of the Pennington County Commission.

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A look at nuclear force lapses revealed so far

The Associated Press has uncovered a series of security lapses and other troubles in the nation's nuclear forces. The issue came to a head in January when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel summoned top military leaders and ordered a review of the problems.

March 13, 2014 3:12 pmLoading…

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